As far as the data, we can source and counter source all day. I am simply posting what I found. It's not like I cited some sort of off the wall blog for a source. My sources were state websites and ABC news, both credible IMO. Grad rates are just like unemployment numbers and the national debt. We can finagle it however we want and make it say what we want. My point is, according to stats reported by the states themselves, NY and Houston have a higher grad rate than Chicago.